The Hadlow College administrators have decided to close the Farm Shop on Ashes Lane (off A26, opposite the Rose Revived) on 31 July.
It’s a great shame because it has been an important asset to the community, a wonderfully friendly place to buy local produce and a lifeline for many vulnerable people during the lockdown.
If you would like to lend your voice to the many who would like to persuade the new incoming Kent College management team to reopen the shop, if you are on Facebook please visit the Save Hadlow College Farm Shop group where you can sign a petition to show the new owners of Hadlow College that there is a great deal of support in the community to keep the farm shop open so it can continue to:
- Be a lifeline for the community, especially for the vulnerable
- Allow our community to shop locally and conveniently seven days a week, with the opportunity to use public transport, cycle or walk
- Cut food transport miles by stocking fresh, locally grown produce
- Link Hadlow College’s aim of promoting good agricultural and horticultural practice by showcasing local fare, including that produced by the College and Princess Christian’s Farm
- Give the students an opportunity to experience the commercial environment
Hadlow College and Princess Christian’s Farm (for students with learning difficulties) plus two other sites became part of North Kent College on 1 August 2020.
Hadlow College Farm Shop, Ashes Lane (off the A26 between Tonbridge and Hadlow opposite The Rose Revived pub) has played a vital role in our neighbourhood for many years. During lockdown, its staff have gone above and beyond to serve the community. Please help us not to lose it.